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Faculty of Divinity


Luke began theological studies with a BA (Hons) in Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, graduating with high First Class Honours, and being awarded the Marcus Ward Prize for Excellence in New Testament Studies. Luke then undertook an M.Phil. in New Testament and Early Christianity at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Judith M. Lieu, funded by an Isaac Newton Boak Award, and graduating with Distinction, followed by undertaking a Ph.D. at Cambridge under the supervision of Dr James Nicholas Carleton Paget, funded by the Art and Humanities Research Council, serving as the New Testament student representative and chair of the New Testament graduate seminar.

Ph.D. Thesis:

"Rethinking Myth as a Hermeneutical Tool in Pauline Studies"


This thesis undertakes a fundamental rethinking of ‘myth’ as a heuristic analytical tool in Pauline studies. It contends that the discipline’s longstanding resistance to, and insufficient engagement with, the concept of myth has deprived scholars of a rich and illuminating means of interpreting Paul’s letters. It first appraises the reception of ‘myth’ in Pauline research since the dawn of the scientific method, unpacking how the category has previously been engaged, and to what extent this has been critically informed. Each of the main phases of prior engagement with Paul, his gospel and ‘myth’ are shown to have been ideologically driven, theoretically confused and superficial, and to have scarcely ever risen above the popular pejorative equation of myth with ‘unhistorical’. After noting a few nascent attempts in recent decades to engage a more nuanced approach, this thesis then engages more fully than has hitherto been done in New Testament scholarship with modern myth theory across various branches of the humanities and social sciences, with a view to constructing a theoretically informed model of the core properties and functions of mythic narrative. A preliminary context for the development of the scholarly study of myth is offered. This is then met by an unpacking of six positive currents in crossdisciplinary myth theory, along with what this body of scholarship has to say about the popular myth-versus-history stance that has loomed large in Pauline studies, where this is shown to be a false dichotomy. Armed with an extensive crossdisciplinary modelling of ‘myth’, the thesis then demonstrates how this offers a rich interpretative framework shedding significant light on the operative character of the gospel story in key problematic portions of the Pauline corpus—including Romans 6:3-11, 2 Corinthians 1 and 4, and Philippians 2:5-11.


Christology; Early Christian Apocryphal Literature; Ecclesiology; Gospel of John; Hermeneutics; History of Biblical Scholarship; Letters of Paul; Myth Theory; Phenomenology of Religion; Philosophy of Religion; Psychology of Religion; Sociology of Religion; Synoptic Gospels


Key publications: 

Luke Hase, "That We Might Die with Him: Jesus's Death and Resurrection as a Paradigm for Discipleship in Jn. 11.1-12.11." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 46.3 (2024): 294-320. (

Teaching and Supervisions

  • Paper A3: Jesus and the Origins of the Gospels
Research supervision: 
  • Paper A3: Jesus and the Origins of the Gospels

Other Professional Activities

  • Book Editor
  • Chair of the Cambridge New Testament Graduate Seminar (2019-2022)
  • Cambridge New Testament Subject Committee (2020-2022)
PhD Candidate
New Testament Studies
 Luke A. Hase

Contact Details

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Person keywords: 
New Testament
Early Modern History
Early Christianity